You probably already know this, but I believe in equality. I want to see equality in the education system, I want to see equality in the distribution of resources amongst different socio-economic backgrounds across the country, I even wish to see equality for people who serve jail time and are re-entered into society. But I never would have desired for Catholic pedophile priests and Catholic clergywomen to be made equal and both accused of being guilty of the gravest crimes in the eyes of the Roman Catholic Church. Well this is exactly what has happened last Thursday, when the Vatican issued a proclamation to address both of these issues.
At times, tradition irritates the hell out of me (no pun intended). This is one of those times. While I am happy that the proclamation is finally doing something about the priests who choose to steal the innocence of little children, I am disappointed that due to traditionalist values the catholic church has decided to remain in the stone ages and not allow women to become priests. The occurrence of inequality is at least fathomable when you can blame it on the mistakes of people’s prejudgments and poor decisions. But inequality is unequivocally senseless when the qualities people are born with become the basis for its existence. Yes, this is corroborated by what we find on many non-profit mission statements, “we do not discriminate due to race, gender, or sexual orientation.”